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Make life easier by registering your dog

THE Central Coast Council is urging residents to register their dogs.
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The council’s director of community and corporate services Cor Vander Vlist said it was incredibly important for residents to register their dogs.

Mr Vander Vlist estimated there were about 200 unregistered dogs in the region.

Mr Vander Vlist said residents could avoid a large fine and trauma to their dog by registering it.

The council currently fines residents for owning an unregistered dog, in addition to the cost for impounding the animal if it is collected by animal services.

“If the dog was registered and carrying a current registration tag then more often than not the council can contact the owner and make arrangements for the owner to collect the animal directly,” Mr Vander Vlist said.

“Not only do you save yourself the cost of $320 but the animal does not have to undergo the trauma of being impounded.”

All dogs were required to be registered by August 1, but the council will not impose a late fee on residents who register their dog before September 1.

“It’s a $30 fee that avoids a lot of unnecessary stress and cost for the resident, the dog and animal services,” Mr Vander Vlist said.

Mr Vander Vlist said animal services will conduct an extensive door-knocking campaign throughout the region in September.

“We’re going to employ someone to go house to house and ask the owner if they have a dog and check their registration,” he said.

“If they own an unregistered dog, a $140 fine and a $40 fee to register the dog could be handed out on the spot.”

To register your dog, simply visit the council’s administrative offices in Penguin or Ulverstone. For more information contact the council: 6429 8900.

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Cheesy school program

Bethany Campbell, Kate Lynd and Eszter Eiler, all 15, of Devonport High School, making their own camembert.
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TWENTY-FIVE young students got the chance to make camembert cheese last week at Devonport High School as part of Dairy Australia’s Camembert in the Classroom project.

The program has been designed to encourage secondary school teachers and students to learn about the Australian dairy industry while also introducing students to dairy manufacturing careers and pathways.

The teachers are first trained to make camembert cheese by program presenter and deputy chief judge of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards, Russell Smith.

They then bring this knowledge back and into the classroom.

Camembert in the Classroom program manager Dr Mani Iyer said he believes the Dairy Australia program is a hands-on platform to introduce both teachers and secondary students to the Australian dairy industry, dairy processes and products.

“Since its launch in 2011, the Camembert in the Classroom program has grown significantly in its popularity,” he said.

“In 2013, over 80 schools from Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia participated in the program, with 96 per cent of the schools incorporating the program into their school curriculum.”

Over one term, the Devonport High students will make their own camembert cheese in the classroom and complete various assessment tasks, including a multimedia advertisement about why dairy is an important part of our diet.

When the students complete the program, Mr Smith, along with other accredited judges, will judge and award the region’s winning cheese at a Big Day Out awards presentation on Friday, September 19 at the Devonport RSL.

A $500 prize will be awarded for the best cheese to the winning school and $250 is awarded for the winning multimedia advertisement.

Students from nine other schools across the state will also be competing for a prize.

They include Lilydale District High School, Cressy District High School, Tasmanian eSchool – Northern Campus, Sacred Heart College, Burnie High School, St Patrick’s College, Marist Regional College and Exeter High School.

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Dog exercise area planned for Burnie

A FENCED exercise area for dogs will be opened in Burnie, allowing pet-owners to let their dogs off the leash to play.
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The 100 square metre barrier will be built in the View Road reserve, with a double-gated entry point.

Equipment to keep the dogs entertained will also be provided by the council.

The issue of a lack of secure space to exercise dogs was brought to the attention of Burnie City Council through social media.

“The community really pushed to make this project happen. There is a need for a safe, secure area for people to exercise their dogs,” Burnie City Council mayor Steven Kons said.

“This is a great new community use for the View Road reserve.”

View Road reserve is also the location of the annual muddy Burnie Challenge.

“The placement of the dog exercise area was consulted with the even organisers, so that it doesn’t impact on the event,” Mr Kons said.

Construction dates will be released by the council shortly, once confirmed.

This is just one of a few projects budgeted in Burnie City Council’s 2014/15 capital works program.

Visit the council’s website,, to view the full budget document.

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Celebrating 50 years

Central Coast Australian Breastfeeding Association members Claire Lawrence, Leonie Byard and Polly Byard, 10 weeks, present Central Coast mayor Jan Bonde with a commemorative rose to celebrate its 50th anniversary.THE Central Coast group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association decided to do something special for the community to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
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The association presented the Central Coast Council with a yellow rose to mark the occasion.

The rose, named little ray of sunshine, was planted at the rose garden outside the library on King Edward Street, Ulverstone.

West Australian ABA member Miriam Hurworth named the rose.

“My son is my little ray of sunshine and ABA provides a little ray of sunshine to mothers who might otherwise be struggling in the dark without ABA’s vital guidance and support,” Ms Hurworth said.

Central Coast group co-leader Claire Lawrence said it was important to do something nice for the community to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

“It’s a yellow tea rose, which is suitable for the association’s golden anniversary,” she said.

“The rose was specifically developed by the association as a way to sell and raise funds and we thought it would be a nice thing to buy one and give it to the community.”

Mrs Lawrence said the 50th anniversary rose and a commemorative plaque were placed alongside a rose presented to the council to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

She said the association played a crucial role in the community.

“The Tas Central Coast Group continues the ABA tradition of supporting mothers and providing up-to-date breastfeeding information locally,” she said.

“The local group volunteers also contribute to many other ABA services including local counselling, community education such as the provision of breastfeeding antenatal classes at local hospitals, and taking calls on the national Breastfeeding Helpline.”

The next meeting of the Central Coast group of the ABA is on Friday from 10am-noon. For more information call Marion on 6425 5780.

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Insight into CH Council

Circular Head mayor Daryl Quilliam on King Street ahead of the council forum.
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FOR the first time, those interested to find out more about how the Circular Head Council works will have the forum to do so.

Next Thursday night, as a part of the council’s usual workshops, prospective councillor candidates can ask the mayor and councillors questions about how the council runs, what is expected of them and whatever else they need to know.

Circular Head mayor Daryl Quilliam thought it was a good practice and not only did this question-answer forum provide an understanding for those looking to stand for council, but it provided a transparency for the community.

“It came from councillors’ desire to encourage more people to stand for council,” Cr Quilliam said.

“The more people who know how council operates the better – and there are plenty of people who don’t know how council operates.

‘Anyone who wants to come along and understand how council operates is welcome, not just interested candidates,” Cr Quilliam said.

At the workshop, general manager Tony Smart and Cr Quilliam will talk about council and outline the things the council does.

This will be followed up with the public asking councillors what they want to know.

While Cr Quilliam invited anyone interested, he was keen to see more young people stand for council.

“We are getting older rather than younger and a diversity of people means all parts of the community are looked after.

“Nobody is too young, anybody who has a view on the community should put their hand up.”

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Sydney down on troops for opener

Despite signing a host of high-profile forwards, Sydney FC’s attack will be down to bare bones for their inaugural FFA Cup match on Tuesday night as coach Graham Arnold refuses to take any fitness gambles before the start of the A-League season.
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The Sky Blues will likely be without four of their potential starting strikers when they face Melbourne City in Ballarat. Marquee Marc Janko has been ruled out due to fitness concerns alongside fellow signings Alex Brosque and Shane Smeltz, while Bernie Ibini is unlikely to feature just 48 hours after playing for the A-League All Stars.

Serbian midfielder Milos Dimitrijevic is another in doubt for the clash after tweaking his quad muscle during training. The absences give youngsters Corey Gameiro and Chris Naumoff the responsibility of hitting the target against the newly rebranded A-League club.

Despite entering the knock-out competition with a first round clash against a top-tier opponent, Arnold is unwilling to risk players who are not at full fitness and is prepared to test the depth of his squad in a cut-throat situation.

“Because of the timing, I won’t be taking any risks at all with players so we’ve got a number of players that are out for tomorrow’s game,” Arnold said. “The list is quite high. In the front line, Janko, Brosque, Smeltz. I’ve got to see how Bernie Ibini pulled up after last night, I thought he was only going to play 45 [minutes] but he ended up playing 70. It’s a question of whether I take a risk of playing a player 48 hours after the game last night when he’s not 100 per cent fit physically, so those guys are out.”

With no video analysis of Melbourne City available, Sydney are preparing for the unknown in their FFA Cup debut as City spent the bulk of their pre-season away from Australia. David Villa is yet to arrive but City have included marquee signing Robert Koren in their squad alongside former Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff, who has been marked as their danger man by Arnold. Sydney’s inability to study their opponent has forced Arnold to approach the match as another pre-season game with an emphasis on the start of the A-League season in early October.

“To be honest we’ve got no footage of Melbourne City this year because of a couple of games they played were in the UK. Obviously they recruited a lot of players and OK, David Villa is not here yet but I believe Damien Duff is. [Melbourne City coach] John [Van’t Schip] has recruited a lot of youngsters and he has said in the media that he wants to recruit more players,” Arnold said. “We’ll go down there like all pre-season games. It really has nothing to do with the opposition, it’s all to do with us. We’ve made a lot of changes on and off the field and it’s going to take time for us to gel.”

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ICAC:Artist Rex Newell likely to be called to testify

Artist Rex Newell ICAC: August 2014 archive Operation Spicer
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ARTIST Rex Newell is expected to be called to give evidence at a corruption inquiry about the painting he gave to Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell’s father.

As reported, Mr Newell has told the Newcastle Herald he gifted the painting to Brien Cornwell on the understanding it was to ‘‘raise money for the Liberal Party’’.

However Mr Cornwell’s son, Andrew, told the Independent Commission Against Corruption last week it was only by chance the painting was ‘‘regifted’’ as a Christmas present to developer Hilton Grugeon, as he and his wife didn’t like it and had kept it in their garage.

Mr Grugeon is alleged to have insisted he pay the Cornwells for the painting, giving $10,120 in what Mr Cornwell jnr said he suspected was an attempt to ‘‘curry favour’’.

Counsel assisting the inquiry Geoffrey Watson SC told the inquiry on Monday: ‘‘There’s been a development over the weekend which at this stage I based partly upon some investigations undertaken by the Commission last Friday and also partly upon press reports on the weekend’’.

It was ‘‘very likely’’ the artist would need to be called, possibly this week.

‘‘…Depending on Mr Newell’s evidence it may be necessary to recall some other witnesses,’’ Mr Watson said.

Kitchen spy: Philippa Sibley

These days Australia’s ”dessert queen”, Philippa Sibley, rolls her eyes at the mention of her hugely successful Snickers dessert, which featured on MasterChef. As a chef with nearly 30 years’ service at lauded kitchens in London, France and Melbourne (est est est, Luxe, Ondine and Albert Street Food & Wine), the pastry pigeonholing tends to wear thin.
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In between dreaming up monthly menu concepts for her latest venture, Prix Fixe in Melbourne’s CBD, Sibley shares her home kitchen with 15-year-old son Donovan, three cats and her ”crazy” poodle, Molly.The staples

My pantry There’s always lots of tea, heaps of nuts, seasonal fruit, baked beans in ”halfie” tins (for the perfect portion) and lots of Sirena tuna for couscous salads. One of my absolute bêˆte noirs is rice, so I love this pre-cooked microwaveable Tilda basmati. It just tumbles out and doesn’t get gluggy. Other staples include Cobram Estate olive oil (the classic flavour extra virgin is really good for cooking because it doesn’t burn), Campbell’s chicken stock, spices, risotto rice and Jazz apples – the perfect size and always really crunchy. And I like Murray River salt because it’s Australian, relatively inexpensive and tastes great.

My fridge We always have zucchini, spinach, cheese and tomatoes in the fridge for Donovan to make olive oily-garlicky kind of Mediterranean ”spoon food”. I love Burgen rye bread for breakfast (it has a lovely, dark molasses flavour), which I have with avocado, lemon and maybe some ricotta, and I like Lurpak spreadable butter – I can’t stand rancid, yellow butters. You’ll always find Vegemite, loads of vegies (most of which get chucked, unfortunately), and I keep plenty of bolognese, soups and spanakopita handy in the freezer.I’m cooking

Last night’s dinner was a big chunky soup from my own cookbook: barley, pumpkin, leek and pancetta with parmesan. But I replaced the barley with buckwheat, which I have a bit of a thing for at the moment. Generally, when I cook at home, I make one-bowl-wonders.My inspiration

It’s incredibly hard to put your finger on. Last night I woke up because I couldn’t sleep and wrote down a whole bunch of ideas for revisiting some of my signature dishes. And sometimes it’s discovering new ingredients, as I did recently with amazing Japanese pressed four-leaf-clovers and edible wrappers from a company called the Good Grub Hub.Most unforgettable meal

When Anthony Bourdain came to Melbourne to shoot his A Cook’s Tour series [in 2001], we had a big crab feast at the Flower Drum, dinner at Ondine and a crayfish and steak barbecue here. He’s a hilarious, Simpsons-quoting, pop culture dude. I’ll never forget him telling us that eating the still-beating heart of a cobra was ”like eating an angry oyster”.Secret vice

Smoked or tamari-roasted almonds with really good chocolate. I don’t have a sweet tooth but if it’s there, chocolate only lasts a couple of days in the house.My toolkit

I’m a real stickler for super-sharp knives so I’ve got a combination of Wusthof Trident, Sabatier and Global; there’s my chintzy Iittala Marimekko serving bowls (I collect them) and I don’t know where we’d be without Microplanes (just be sure to put them back in their plastic sleeves so they don’t get blunt). And I use a DeLonghi Nespresso machine for my morning coffee. The trick is to double up and do two shots.Recipe stalwart

Clafoutis. It’s the best dessert ever: a batter of eggs, cream, nut meal and fruits (traditionally cherries). Bung it together in 10 minutes, bake it and serve warm with ice-cream. It’s tender and delicious and one of those things you can pull out of your hat.Favourite

My late father’s pepper grinders. I designed them and he made them for est est est and Luxe. He was an amazing wood turner and he used authentic Peugeot mechanisms. Arranged all together, they look like a little family.Discovery

Madame Flavour tea, blended by a woman from Mount Best in Gippsland, Victoria. It’s delicious and one of those teas you can keep topping up with hot water.I’m drinking

Rosé´ at the moment. I’m not a big red drinker because of the histamines and I get bored of drinking white after a couple of glasses. On a Saturday night our bartender at work will make a special Negroni for me – I love bitter. Otherwise, I drink one strong latte a day and tea: a very strong Twinings English Breakfast, always two bags, with milk.

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Doctors need to swot up on end-of-life laws: research

Research suggests that some doctors do not understand laws regarding the withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining medical treatment. Photo: Jim RiceAustralian patients are at risk of being killed or saved when they do not want to by doctors who do not understand laws regarding the withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining medical treatment, research suggests.
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A survey completed by 867 doctors in Victoria, NSW and Queensland in 2012 and 2013 found ‘‘critical gaps’’ in their legal knowledge that could expose them to criminal charges including murder, manslaughter or assault if they act against a patient’s wishes.

A report on the survey, published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday, said on average doctors correctly responded to three out of seven questions about laws regarding end-of-life care. The questions covered the validity of advance directives and consent from and the authority of substitute decision makers. Participants included doctors who specialise in geriatrics, intensive care, oncology, palliative care, kidney, respiratory and emergency medicine.

‘‘Our findings strongly suggest that doctors in a speciality involving end-of-life decision making should improve their knowledge of the law, in the interests of their patients and for their own protection,’’ wrote the authors from the University of Technology in Queensland, Southern Cross University and University of Queensland.

The researchers, led by Professor Ben White, director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, said almost 40,000 adult deaths occur each year across Australia following a medical decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment.

Doctors play a critical clinical and legal role in the provision of medical treatment at the end of life. For example, a doctor must assess whether a patient has the capacity to make a treatment decision, determine who the authorised decision maker is if the patient does not have the capacity, and know whether a person’s previously expressed wishes comprise a valid advance directive that must be followed.

The researchers said failure to comply with the various state and territory laws relating to these matters could have significant consequences for patients who could have their lives ended wrongly through unlawfully withheld or withdrawn treatment.

‘‘Conversely, life-sustaining treatment may be unlawfully provided; for example, despite a lawful refusal of treatment through an advance directive or by a substitute decision maker. This may infringe a patient’s legal right to bodily integrity, and cause patients to survive with poor quality of life, which they had sought to avoid.’’

‘‘For medical professionals, criminal responsibility could arise for murder or manslaughter (where treatment is withheld or withdrawn unlawfully) or for assault (where treatment is provided without appropriate consent or authorisation).’’

The researchers called for more uniform laws across Australia to make it easier for doctors to be educated about them. But for the moment, they said a lack of knowledge would not excuse doctors from liability.

‘‘Claims of civil liability may also flow from such actions, along with disciplinary or coronial proceedings,’’ they wrote.

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Kitchen spy: Philippa Sibley

Dessert queen Philippa Sibley. Photo: Wayne Taylor The staples: microwaveable Tilda basmati rice. Photo: Wayne Taylor
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The staples: Philippa Sibley always has heaps of nuts in her kitchen. Photo: Wayne Taylor

The staples: Philippa loves Burgen rye bread for breakfast. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Favourite: Philippa designed these pepper grinders and her late father made them. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Secret vice: chocolate only lasts a few days in Philippa’s house. Photo: Wayne Taylor

The staples: Jazz apples are the perfect size and very crunchy. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Toolkit: Philippa collects Iittala Marimekko serving bowls. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Discovery: Madame Flavour tea, blended in Gippsland. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Drinking: bored of white wine, Philippa is on the Rose at the moment. Photo: Wayne Taylor

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